Life & work experiences

Find out more about my work, my studies, traineeships and student jobs, as well as my other projects and life experiences.

European Affairs

European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, BE

Relations with Civil Society and Forward Studies

  • Relations with civil society organisations and networks, organising the Civil Society Day
  • Introducing e-Platforms for consultation
  • Forward Studies

since 2015

European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, BE

Relations with Organised Civil Society and Constitutional Affairs

  • European Citizen’s Initiative  – opinions, conferences, publications
  • Relations with civil society organisations, NGOs and citizens
  • Organisation of the Civil Society Prize
  • Following Constitutional Affairs
  • Speaking to visitor groups

2009-2013

European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, BE

Press service

  • Editing and overall management of press releases, newsletters, publications, photography, video clips and DVDs
  • Managerial and financial tasks: launch and execution of tender procedures, responsible for the management of the unit’s contracts with external companies
  • Daily press work: organisation of press conferences, contact with journalists, lobbyists and interested citizens, contacts with other EU institutions and representations
  • Acting head of unit 10/2008 – 03/2009

2004-2009

ASCii S.A., Brussels, BE

Editor for the EU website

  • Institutional Affairs: Treaty of Nice, European Convention, IGC negotiations and the Constitutional Treaty
  • Summaries of EU legislation on economic and monetary affairs, internal market affairs, customs union and related topics
  • Development, concept and quality control of various EU web portals and sub-sites of the EU website

2002-2004

Life experiences

World traveller & blogger

Let it go, an 18-month travel project, living in a different city every month, and writing a travel blog about it.

Up to 5000 unique visitors per month, over 1000 followers on twitter and other social media websites.

2013-2015

University of California, Berkeley, CA

Following summer courses in American Politics and digital photography

Summer 2007

Studies

College of Europe, Bruges, BE

Master of European Political and Administrative Studies

European Institutional Affairs, European Institutional law
Thesis: “The Franco-German collaboration for the Treaty of Nice: analysis of a failure”

Full Scholarship of the German Ministry of Education

2001-2002

Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, DE

Master of Political Science (in combination with Sociology and contemporary history)

Franco-German relations, European Union, French Revolution, Bismarck, Transformation societies in Eastern Europe

1994-2001

Institut d’Etudes politiques, Strasbourg, FR

Erasmus exchange programme

European Integration, Political science of European societies, Sociology of contemporary France

1997-1998

Traineeships, freelance, student jobs

Europa digital, Brussels, BE

EU online journalist (freelance)

Reporting on major EU news, special coverage of European Council meetings, negotiations on the EU Constitutional Treaty

2003-2004

Nürnberger Nachrichten, Nuremberg, DE

News desk

Responsible for classification of incoming news and pictures, transmission to the responsible editors

1998-2001

German Embassy, Paris, FR

Traineeship: Information office

Development of a Franco-German Web portal in collaboration with the French Foreign Ministry

1999